Attachment is a toxic thought connecting material things to the ego-self (living a label-oriented lifestyle), as well as relating time more often to the past and the future than to the present (having a compulsive mind). If you want to drive a more expensive car than your neighbor, you do have an inflated ego-self. If you often text while driving your car, you may have a compulsive mind
Attachment to the ego-self, to material things, and to time is the source of human woes, which impact the body and the mind, and ultimately contaminate the soul.
Bottom line: Let go of the ego-self (the gravitational center of attachment), and live in the present with no expectation of the future.
Tao wisdom may help you let go of all attachments. Tao wisdom focuses on clarity of thinking, which is essentially having an empty mind with reverse thinking. With that mindset, you may see that all things in this world are impermanent. Therefore, any attachment is no more than a distraction from the fear and the reluctance of losing what you have; the more attachments you have, the less your mind will be aware of the impermanence of all things. In other words, attachment is a self-delusion of the reality of all things, According to Tao wisdom, with an empty mind, you will also see the natural cycle of all things; that is, all things follow a natural cycle, such that what goes up must also come down, and success is inevitably followed by failure, just like day followed by night.
“Letting go is emptying the mundane,
to be filled with heavenly grace.
Blessed is he who has an empty mind.
He will be filled with knowledge and wisdom from the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no attachment to worldly things.
He will be compensated with heavenly riches.
Blessed is he who has no ego-self.
He will be rewarded with humility to connect with the Creator.
Blessed is he who has no judgment of self and others.
He will find contentment and empathy in everyone.
Letting go of everything is the Way to the Creator.”
(Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, chapter 9)
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